Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 8:00 AM EDT Oct 12, 2019 It’s lonely on the Lordstown picket line. Just ask Robert Potts, who manned Gate 4 at General Motors’ 6 million square-foot plant, which ended production in March and whose fate is a cause for striking UAW members. Potts was alone Tuesday until fellow striker Frank Sarna joined him. “It was just me and him the whole day,” said Potts. “We were so happy when a car drove up. They had food, too, and we were so hungry.” While other GM plants have a dozen or more strikers at each gate around the clock, putting the total number of picketers into the hundreds, Lordstown struggles to get 10, two at each of its five gates. Only 13 people worked at the idle Lordstown plant in Ohio when, on Sept. 16, the UAW went on a nationwide strike. With so few folks going on strike there, finding people to populate the picket lines has proved challenging. “We’re in a unique situation because we’re running a strike with a depleted membership. A lot of people had to transfer to other plants,” said Tim O’Hara, president of Local 1112 in Lordstown. “But we’re getting it done.” Many of the hundreds… Read full this story
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